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Dan Berger on the critical, overlooked history of WA's prison abolition movement

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In Crosscut, IAS faculty member Dan Berger published an op-ed about the history of prison abolitionist organizing in Washington state. Berger highlighted the state's role as a national leader in thinking about prison policy, prison reform, and alternatives to prison. The article focuses on efforts by incarcerated people, including the prisoner newspapers archived in the Washington Prison History Project, as well as ...

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Washington Prison History Project in the news

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Washington Prison History Project, a digital initiative codirected by IAS faculty member Dan Berger, has been in the news. OZY published an article about The Warden Game, a text-adventure game housed on the project's website. The game was designed by someone incarcerated at the Washington State Reformatory in the late 1980s; it was revamped and redesigned by Berger and Master of Arts in Cultural Studies alumna Magdalena Donea, both of whom are ...

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A Counter-Archive of Imprisonment

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger, M.A. in Cultural Studies alum Magdalena Donea, and UW Bothell Librarians Denise Hattwig and Dani Rowland publish an article in Public: A Journal of Imagining America. The article, "A Counter-Archive of Imprisonment," describes their collective work on the Washington Prison History Project, a digital archive of ...

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Dan Berger publishes introduction to new edition of Concrete Mama: Prison Profiles from Walla Walla

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger published a lengthy introduction in the new edition of Concrete Mama: Prison Profiles from Walla Walla. A photo essay authored by two journalists with unprecedented access to Washington's infamous prison, Concrete Mama was first published in 1981 and won a Washington State Book Award before going out of print. The University of Washington Press has just republished the book in connection with the UW Library. Berger will join Concrete Mama author John McCoy, formerly incarcerated activists ...

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Dan Berger on What the Latest Bipartisan Prison Reform Gets Wrong and Why It Matters

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger published an op-ed in Truthout on the First Step Act, a bipartisan reform measure now supported by the Trump administration. In reviewing the proposed law, Berger highlights the bipartisan failure to attend to the policies that would meaningfully reduce the number of people in prison. Berger also delivered two recent talks on similar topics ...

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